It's Leif Erikson Day! Please note that normal Viking activities are still frowned upon

Subject: General Tech | October 9, 2009 - 06:11 PM |
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This week has been about nVIDIA, but not in the way they might want.  From the predictions of nVIDIA's complete withdrawal
from the high end market by an infamous member of the tech community to the article 

AMD and CyberLink Acclerate Applications with DirectX11 and ATI Stream

Subject: General Tech | October 9, 2009 - 02:25 PM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. - Oct. 8, 2009 - AMD (NYSE:
AMD) and CyberLink Corp announced the
companies are expanding their existing engineering engagement with a
strategic focus on Microsoft DirectX 11 DirectCompute, taking advantage
of the capabilities of AMD's new DirectX 11-capable graphics
architecture.

Source: AMD

AMD tells about its horoscope

Subject: General Tech | October 9, 2009 - 12:04 PM |
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Abandoning the river theme, AMD seems to be looking to the stars to see its future platforms, Dragon being replaced with Leo next year and Scorpius to follow in 2011.  Scorpius will feature a 32nm Zambezi CPU
sporting four cores at the very least, along with an integrated DDR3 controller and fit into a Revision 2 AM3 socket, just to make CPU sockets even more confusing.  SemiAccurate also touches on their plans for an Accelerated Processor Unit which brings a GPU on board. 

Source: SemiAccurate

More mobile Nehalem news

Subject: General Tech | October 8, 2009 - 02:14 PM |
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The Tech Report is comparing the performance of the mobile versions of the Core i7 processor.  The mobile version of the P55, along with mobile 920, 820 and 720 processors are all arriving soon.  In this case the 920XM is compared to its non-mobile cousins in their latest article.  The 17.1" Clevo's W870CU
is the laptop they are using, plugged firmly into the mains as this 9lb powerhouse is only technically mobile, not really feasibly portable. 

You and me and the ECC

Subject: General Tech | October 8, 2009 - 12:22 PM |
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The same discrepancies that apply to software benchmarking programs also apply to predictions of hardware failure rates based on subjecting them to extreme stress conditions.  Much like a graphics card, the only way to know how it will perform is to actually use it in real life conditions for hours, days or years.  Such is the case with DRAM errors, as proven by a study done by Google.  Instead of the current estimate based on synthetic testing, as Ars Technica puts it, '

Source: Ars Technica

Nobody said stopping the Chinese invasion would be easy

Subject: General Tech | October 7, 2009 - 01:07 PM |
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The original Operation Flashpoint was a hard game and not because of monster closets or ridiculous boss fights, it was hard because bullets kill.  One good shot could take you out or is at least guaranteed to slow you down.  There is no health metre nor any med kits lying around, you have to finish the mission with every bump, scrape and bullet hole that you accumulate over the mission.  The sequel, Dragon Rising looks to be every bit as daunting, and every bit as fun. 

Mayhap we shall see a new mobile RAM standard

Subject: General Tech | October 7, 2009 - 12:16 PM |
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RAMBUS, one of the last attempts at serial volatile memory
standards didn't do well when it was first tried on the market; a long story that by the end had many glad to see RAMBUS go.  DDR and its successive generations has had success in the PC world, but that is a small share of the total memory market.  A PC can provide the cooling and power that defines DDR.  Now The Inquirer reports on the return of serial memory, this time targeted specifically towards m

Source: The Inquirer

Well, that won't help you become more popular

Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2009 - 12:00 PM |
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Physics is fun in games, be it chopping down trees with heavy fire in Crysis or FarCry2 or the joy of levelling entire buildings in Silent Storm to deny your enemies cover.  What isn't fun is slapping down $100+ for a PPU to find out that there are a total of 2 maps that support that particular physics engine or that the sum effect of having that PPU is that paper and dust react to wind in a slightly more interesting way than without the $100+ PPU.  nVIDIA wanted to make the PPU more approachable, to do so they let you slap in any of their recent cards into a second PCIe slot and you

Source: NGOHQ

GLOBALFOUNDRIES, ARM, and You

Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2009 - 11:09 AM |
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Today GF has released news of a partnership that it has developed with well known CPU designer ARM (Advanced RISC Machines).  While ARM itself does not actually produce their CPUs for end users, they do license out their designs to anyone and nearly everyone in the industry.  One of the latest ARM enabled designs is NVIDIA's Tegra, which features the ARM 11 processor.  While not the most cutting edge ARM design, it has allowed NVIDIA to successfully enter the smartphone and MID market with a pretty robust product with excellent features.  So far the biggest application of t

Not everyone loves the cans

Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2009 - 02:26 PM |
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For $100 you can pick up a great set of headphones with surround sound and possible even noise cancellation technology, but some like their audio to fill the room, not just their heads.  Logitech has an answer, the 2.1 Logitech Z523
speaker system
.  They are not really audiophile quality but for those who play games or stream music via their PC will be quite satisfied with the quality.

Microsoft's curvy mobile mouse

Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2009 - 12:53 PM |
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As a mobile user, you have either mastered the touchpad or you hate it with a passion and cart around a mouse.  Many mobile mice have appeared on the market, shrunken little wireless versions of desktop mice.  For about $30, Microsoft has an interesting alternative that they have aptly named the Arc mouse.  Its USB wireless receiver fits into a socket built into the mouse, which folds to protect the USB dongle as well as shrinking th

Source: InsideHW

Intel Core i7 Custom Desktop Challenge - Will Your Vision of Tomorrow Rock the World?

Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2009 - 12:34 PM |
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WHEN: Oct. 5 through Dec. 14, 2009.

WHERE: Intel Core i7 Custom Desktop Challenge Contest: www.intelcorechallenge.com

Where do we go now

Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2009 - 12:13 PM |
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Ryan has been spending some time thinking about nVIDIA and what their plans are in the near future and has collected his thoughts into a new editorial on the front page.  The company has done a huge about face compared to just a few years ago.  Previously they were having success beating ATI in the graphics card market and then managed to take advantage of the reorganization necessary to bring ATI into the fold at AMD.  They were producing THE enthusiast chipset with the nForce2 and even showing up other onboard audio solutions

It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition ...

Subject: General Tech | October 2, 2009 - 06:45 PM |
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Our Processor Forum is currently full of quite a few confused, or at least overwhelmed enthusiasts trying to come to terms with the breadth of choice available for processors.  Some are just looking at an affordable upgrade while others are looking at the brand new CPUs available on the market.  The conversations about the new CPUs spill over into the Overclocking Forum as well.  Not only are there new techniques to try out w

Google, a productivity killer? Couldn't be.

Subject: General Tech | October 2, 2009 - 01:23 PM |
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The Google Wave has hit to a mixed reception in the tech community.  Hailed as the new communications medium it seems that it's blending of Twitter like comments and threads along with an email-ish layout turns out to be a lot like having email and Twitter, only more distracting.  Not too many of the folks at Slashdot have tried it, but if you follow the links in the body of the post you can hear from those who have.

Source: Slashdot

Corsair goes to the movies

Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2009 - 01:38 PM |
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Corsair has put together a two part video on putting a system together; specifically how to assemble a system using Corsair parts. Parts like the Corsair H50 all-in-one CPU water cooler
as well as memory and a PSU, placed into their Obsidian chassis. 

The unsung hero of IDF

Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2009 - 11:58 AM |
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One technological innovation at the IDF this year hasn't received a lot of press having been overshadowed by so many other long awaited announcements and demos; an oversight that ExtremeTech has remedied with their article on Light Peak.  A new data transfer standard using fibre optics that currently allows transfers of up to 10Gb/s and should scale up to 100Gb/s as it matures.  USB 3.0 is certainly going to be available sooner than LightPeak but before you dismiss it you should recall one very i

Source: Extremetech

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Looks to NVIDIA "Fermi" Architecture For New Supercomputer

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2009 - 06:03 PM |
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Oak Ridge National Laboratory Looks to NVIDIA "Fermi" Architecture For New
Supercomputer

Oak Ridge Supercomputer Targets NVIDIA GPU Computing Technology to Achieve
Order of Magnitude Performance Over Today's Fastest Supercomputer

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -Sep. 30, 2009- Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
announced plans today for a new supercomputer that will use NVIDIA's next
generation CUDA(tm) GPU architecture, codenamed "Fermi".

Source: NVIDIA

Use the BatPhsyX

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2009 - 12:47 PM |
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DriverHeaven has taken a close look at the new Batman:Arkham Asylum game with an eye on nVIDIA's PhysX.  They've captured several key videos to show just how enabling PhsyX effects the game play as well as the frame rates.  They mix and match several systems and many different pairings of nVIDIA GPUs to see what the best way to experience the Batman is.  Drop by and see the results.

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Of Javascript, blips, waves and sandboxes

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2009 - 12:09 PM |
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Google is looking to replace the old standby for email, SMTP, with a high performance javascript program called Wave.  It would even seem that the much maligned Chrome Frame plug in for IE was specifically to allow use of Wave, as Microsoft disbelieves in providing a high speed javascript rendering engine for its browser.  Wave bears more resemblance to a threaded forum or Twitter, but it is server and client based, so can be used in large networks but at the same time it is decentralized and can be run independently of
Google. 

Source: Ars Technica